Donald McCain

We are still trying to get runs in the horses and a few of my runners this weekend are having their season debuts. We have 2 runners at Doncaster on Saturday and then it’ll be a busy Sunday with 6 runners between Southwell and Carlisle.

I’m looking forward to finding out more about lots of the runners this weekend and I can start mapping a route for the season ahead.


Robbing The Prey
Track: Doncaster – 1:00
Jockey: Brian Hughes

We probably made too much use out of him at Aintree and he was travelling nicely the last day where I don’t think he would have beaten the winner but ran well until unseating Brian. It’s a small field, nice ground over two miles three furlongs and he should run well again.

Track: Doncaster – 3:20
Jockey: Brian Hughes

I didn’t think he’d still be running at this stage of the season, to be honest, but he seems well. He’s probably not well handicapped but the trip was too short for him the last day and back up in trip on a track which must suit him.


Lord Springfield
Track: Carlisle – 12:20
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s a horse we like and he stopped quite quickly up at Ayr the last day since then we have done his pallet as I had reservations before that run. It’s a case of getting him back on track and get him to see out his race and we can build from there for the remainder of the season.

Track: Carlisle – 12:50
Jockey: Brian Hughes

Obviously, he is a full brother to Ballabriggs and he has had plenty of small issues along the way. It’s his first run over fences and he has schooled well, he’ll probably want nicer ground and on handicap ratings, Xpo Universel loos thrown in so it will be hard to beat him. The ground would be a slight concern if there was ran but he is every inch a chaser and I’m looking forward to running him.

First Account
 Carlisle – 1:20
Jockey: Brian Hughes

We had a little hiccup with him after he ran a very nice first race at Carlisle, so we trying to get him back on track. I thought the Twiston-Davies horse looked quite smart the last day and might be tough to beat but he’s a nice horse and ready to run. If he reproduces that first run then he should go close.

Birch Vale
 Southwell – 2:15
Jockey: Will Kennedy

She was disappointing the last day as she is a mare we quite like. I don’t know what happened up at Ayr, perhaps she didn’t like going up the night before. So we are just trying to get her back on track, she wouldn’t like the ground overly fast but she is a nice big mare that will eventually end up over fences.

Rising Blush
 Carlisle – 3:30
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

She is a homebred filly and we trained her mother to win seven races years ago. This mare is not overly big but she does everything nicely at home and this looks like a perfect starting point for her in a small field bumper.

Shocona’s Joy
 Carlisle – 3:30
Jockey: Brian Hughes

She not an overly flash mare but she’s a half-sister to Henry’s Joy who won a valuable hurdle for us earlier in the year. She ran twice in Irish point-to-points not beaten overly far and the form of those races is working out very well. She’s a straightforward mare that I think will stay and she should run her race.

Best Chance: Lord Springfield

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